Department of Art & Art History

Blue Eyed Darner (Rhionaeschna multicolor)

Artist: Laura Tranquilino

The blue eyed darner is native to Western United States. It lives near bodies of water such as lakes, ponds, slow-moving streams at low elevations.

Ecological Importance:

  • Top predators in ponds that lack fish.
  • Larval dragonflies feed on mosquito larvae, mayfly larvae, and freshwater shrimp which help prevent overpopulation.


 Over the years freshwater ecosystems have declined worldwide, putting dragonflies at risk. Rivers and streams all over the U.S. have suffered from poor habitat condition as well as excess nitrogen and phosphorus input, due to industrial and agricultural pollution.

Fun Facts:

  • Darners have 360 degree vision
  • They move straight up and down and can move backward
  • Their speed can reach up to 50 mph
  • Adult dragonflies communicate visually much more than most other insects.

This router is located on the East Wall of Tehama Hall.